Thursday, May 2, 2019

AUDIO REVIEW: The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley

The Slow Burn

Tobias Gamble knew from a young age precisely the kind of woman he was going to make his. She was not going to be like his mother. She was going to be like the mother he claimed.

In other words, she was going to be just right.

And when Toby returns to his hometown of Matlock, Kentucky, and claps eyes on Adeline Forrester, he knows she’s the one.

The problem is, his brother Johnny has a new girlfriend. And Addie is her sister. Last, Toby would do nothing to hurt Johnny’s chance at happiness.

Toby hangs around town to get to know the woman Johnny fell in love with. He also hangs around to get to know Addie.

But he’s fallen hard, and he knows the best thing for him - and Addie - is for him to leave.

Addie Forrester is thrilled her sister Eliza found a good, solid man. Johnny Gamble is the salt of the earth. The best guy in the world.

The best except for his brother, Toby.

Toby doesn’t know it, but Addie’s fallen hard too. He’s perfect, except for the fact that he’s hands off and it’s torture, being friends with Toby when she wants so much more.

Addie also has a lot on her mind. She’s got bills to pay, her young son needs food, Christmas is coming, and her job at the grocery store just isn’t cutting it.

Toby is steering clear of Addie. Addie is steering clear of Toby. But everyone around them knows this is the slow burn.

Because just like Eliza and Johnny, Addie and Toby were made for each other.


Check out a sample of the audio here:

Christy's Review:

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The Slow Burn is the second book in Kristen Ashley's 'Moonlight and Motor Oil' series and I loved it even more than the first. The reason I enjoy these books so much is they give me that old school KA vibe. From the writing, the setting, and the characters, there is just something about these books. And I am totally here for it!

Addie Forrester is a single mom and the younger sister of Eliza. Tobias Gamble is the free spirited  younger brother of Johnny. There is something about this Gamble boy/Forrester girl pairing that just works. It was apparent from the moment Addie and Toby first met that there was a spark between them. But because Toby loves his brother and doesn't want to mess with what he has going on with Eliza and their happiness, he stays away. He stays away until he cannot stay away a second longer. Then, all bets are off. Because when a Gamble man falls, he falls hard.

Addie is one of the most hard working women out there. She will do anything she has to do to support her son and make it on her own merit. It's how she was raised. She's stubborn and doesn't want help from anyone. Toby struggles with breaking down those stubborn walls she has up, but if anyone can do it he can.

Toby is protective, sweet, and loves Addie and Brooklyn with everything he has. What more could you want from a hero? He and Addie are both a little too stubborn for their own good, but they still make it work. I love their relationship and I adored the relationship Toby had with Brooklyn. Nothing could make me swoon harder than this man loving this little boy like he was his own. It was so genuine and precious.

I listened to the audio book of The Slow Burn and it was narrated by Lance Greenfield and Stella Bloom. Both narrators did a fantastic job of voicing Toby and Addie and really brought their characters to life. This audio book was a little on the lengthy side, but I found myself listening to it in just 2 days because I didn't want to push pause. If you're an audio listener, I highly recommend you pick it up in that format.

I'm not sure who's book will be next in this series, but regardless, I'm excited to read it. The Slow Burn is a beautiful romance with a focus friendship, family, and so many heartwarming moments. There were plenty of scenes that brought me to tears, but by the end I had a huge smile on my face. I loved this one so much!

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